Trust appoints contractor for capital flats
An empty office building on Edinburgh’s Gorgie Road is to be converted into flats following the appointment of a contractor for the multi-millionpound project.
LAR Housing Trust, the Fifebased housing charity, said it hadappointedclarkcontracts to convert Westwood House into 47 “mid-market” rental flats.
The trust bought Westwood House, which had been lying empty for five years, last December for an undisclosed sum and secured planning permission for the organisation’s first commercial-toresidential conversion project earlier this year.
Ann Leslie, LAR’S chief executive, said: “We are delighted to have appointed Clark Contracts for such an important project, which marks our first foray into the Edinburgh market.
“This was a modern, openplan office building, but will now be converted into high quality flats in an area of the city in desperate need of affordable rental homes.”
The completed development will consist of 18 one-bed, 27 two-bed and two three-bed flats with work scheduled to get underway this month.
Michael Scanlan, director, Clark Contracts, said: “We are looking forward to completing this landmark project for LAR Housing Trust.
“We are equally excited to be delivering their first project in Edinburgh which will provide muchneededaffordablehousing for the local area.”
In total, LAR now has 24 sites either completed, in planning or under construction across Scotland providing more than 600 homes.